It has been a while since I went out for dinner. I don’t go out for dinner much these days. I have been trying to cut down my expenses, and my calories. Yesterday, a friend recommended a BBQ place called Holy Smoke that I haven’t tried before. I love BBQ 🙂 So, I ordered a St. Louis Ribs and Brisket Combo. I ordered two sides, chili and onion rings. I love St. Louis Ribs. They are so meaty. When my food came, I almost fell off the chair. HOLY SMOKE! It was HUGE. The amount of food they offered on my plate was like the size of a laptop computer! What were these people thinking? Why would they serve so much food for a single portion? If you think that regular diners serve huge portions, this one is like 2 times of that. Insane. No wonder so many people are overweight. My sister’s Brazilian friends used to finish whatever was served to them because they were taught (like me) not to waste food when they were young. But eventually they learned that it was too much to finish it all. There was a family of 6 adults and 1 kid sitting across from my table. They ordered 3 combos, and extra corn breads to share among them. And yet, they had leftovers to take home. They looked at me a few times, I was sure that they thought I was a pig or something to be eating this much. The dinner was very good. But I had to control my portion. I ate most of the onion rings, finished the chili, some briskets, and half a rib. Still, I had a lot of food to take home. This meal certainly made it to the top three of “the biggest portion ever served to me” list. I ate a 22 oz cowboy steak at Don Shula’s in New Orleans, and a huge (bigger than my face) pork shank at a German restaurant in Milwaukee years ago. My god. After dinner, I headed to the gym right away and burned off 500 calories. Holy Smoke!